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. [applause] >> [speaking in foreign language) >> barack obama has just been speaking upon his arrival to tel aviv, his first visit to israel as president. although he did point out it is the third time that he has landed -- that he has been in israel. it speaking directly after benjamin knott's and yahoo. speakingwe can go to -- directly after benjamin netanyahu. i feel we can go to mike. warm, friendly words between the two. one of the things obama was trying to overcome, the idea there was a strained relationship between the u.s. and israel. but indeed, yes. the third thing president obama said when he walked off the plane, it is a lovely day. and then hugs for benjamin netanyahu, shimon peres, setting the terms for a visit largely about repairing what has been a somewhat fractious relationship, certainly in obama's first term. the point of the visit largely to repair the relationship, create a better working conditions the to the two leaders. we heard and president obama's speech from a very important statement, saying he recognizes israel as the historic homeland of the jewish people. th
>> barack obama is in the occupied was ranked and he is needing the -- the occupied west bank. he is meeting the palestinian president. it is good to have your company. also ahead, closed from is this. banks in cyprus keep their doors shut as leaders try to find their way out of the debt crisis. the un him and writes council demands the sri lankan government investigate alleged war crimes. and emotions run high in australia. u.s. president barack obama is meeting the palestinian president must learn abbas in the occupied west bank during it is his first trip to both israel and the occupied palestinian territory since he became a presidential candidate .n 2008 gate let's go straight to nicole johnson who is in rom -- in ramala. tell us how talks have been so far. it seems that nicole cannot hear us right now. for now, we will carry on with the truth of barack obama in ramala. he is thereafter spending some time in israel during he is due to return back to israel after spending a few hours in the west bank. i believe now we have nicole johnson in ramala. can you hear me? it seems th
the allegations. tourk obama is expected to the church of nativity in bethlehem with palestinian president mahmoud abbas in about an hour. together, they visited the tomb modernlate father of zionism and also the tomb of yitzhak rabin. we understand that obama will now be driving from jerusalem to bethlehem instead of taking the chopper. why is that you'd what does his visit to bethlehem include? -- why is that? what does his visit to bethlehem include? >> now a wild sand storm has .lown across the west bank not able to travel by helicopter. he will travel by road. this should give president obama another viewpoint of the and he activity in the west bank. he's likely to see some very large israeli settlements, settlements that encroach on palestinian land surrounding bethlehem. he will be seeing the church of the nativity, including the door of humility. this is a very low door that you enter to get into the church. someone as tall as president obama is really going to have to duck down. he will visit the rod aware jesus christ was born -- the grotto where jesus christ was born. he will be meeting
. the country is getting ready for a new election in may. barack obama is going to return to washington later on saturday, ending his middle east trip. on his visit, he promised the u.s. would continue to push for a two-state solution, but let many palestinians disappointed with what they say is a passive political posture on key issues, namely that tracking of his previous demand that israeli settlement building must stop immediately. palestinianthe national initiative says obama abandoning the initiative of settlement building is counterproductive. >> at the time, when the israeli expansion settlement policies are at their peak, and when israel has the most ,xtreme right wing government pointak position at this is not good for the solution he is calling for. it means that a petition of what we had here in the last 20 years, the peace process that as a substitute to peace, a peace process that is a cover to settlement expansion. also, he failed totally in recognizing the system of apartheid and the ground that is killing the possibility of a two-state solution. >> turkey and israel have rest
barack obama has let jordan at the end of his visit to the middle east. the white house had set low expectations for this trip. the main purpose seemed to be reasewering israel that the u.s. is a committed ally. looking back now on president obama's four-day tour. >> looking at the pictures you might think president obama was simply on holiday, touring the ancient city of petra in jordan. in israel, marveling at the dead sea scrolls. but these visits were carefully crafted events meant to send a message to israelis about his correction -- connection to the land they believe dates back to biblical times. the support is believed to be what pushed israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to apologize to turkish prims recep tayyip erdogan about the raid. supporters at the israeli expandoes killed nine turks aboard an aid ship carrying activists trying to end the blockade against the -- against the gaza strip. >> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order. >> the entire focus of the president's trip was to strengthe
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